Baobab Trees

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Baobab tree in Queen's Park, Barbados

Two magnificent baobab trees (Adansonia digitata) with possibly the widest tree-trunks to be found in the Caribbean grow in Barbados!

The largest can be seen in our Queen's Park in Bridgetown. To give an example of the size of this tree of great distinction, it takes 15 adults joining with outstretched arms to cover its circumference.

This tree is estimated as being over one thousand years old! It is thought that a seed floated from Ginea, West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of Barbados and eventually grew into this magnificent tree.

 


The other grand specimen can be found on the Warrens Road in St.Michael, where the inscription on the wooden plaque reads:

Boabab Tree (Adansonia digitata)
One of the two mature trees in Barbados. This remarkable tree of girth 44.5 ft (13.6m) is believed to have been brought from Guinea, Africa around 1738 making it over 250 years old. Its jug-shaped trunk is ideally suited for storing water, an ideal adaption in the dry savannah
regions of its native Africa.

Another larger Baobab tree of girth 51.5 ft (18.5m) is located in Queen's Park, Bridgetown.

The Barbados National Trust


These two Baobab trees hold a well deserved place in the Barbados.org's "Seven Wonders of Barbados"! Be sure to visit these magnificent trees on your Caribbean vacation to Barbados.

 
 
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